PATCHOGUE, NY – After dropping its season opener to Vassar on Friday, the Western Connecticut State University men's soccer team rebounded with a 5-3 victory at non-league foe St. Joseph's (LI) on Tuesday night at Danzi Stadium. Five different players tallied scoring strikes for the Colonials who moved to 1-1 overall with the victory, while the Golden Eagles fell to 0-2.
WestConn drew first blood when senior midfielder Darion Richeme (Danbury, CT) gathered a loose ball and found the back of the net 9:28 into the contest. Shortly thereafter, the hosts countered with a goal of their own before the Colonials exploded with a 4-0 run.
Junior midfielder Robert Della Penna (Suffield, CT) took a feed from classmate Chauncey Allers (Wilton, CT) and tickled the twine to put the visitors ahead, 2-1. Moments later, senior Shane Bierfeldt (Torrington, CT) scored off a cross from sophomore Spencer Ranno (Sherman, CT), extending the advantage to 3-1 heading into the break.
The barrage continued to start the second half when senior midfielder Nick Kyriakidis (Sleepy Hollow, NJ) scored on a free kick from the edge of the box. Less than a minute later, Allers tapped a ball into the open side of the net off a nifty pass from rookie midfielder Matthew Restrepo (Bridgeport, CT) to round out the WestConn scoring, giving the visitors a 5-1 lead midway through the second stanza.
The Golden Eagles netted a pair of late goals, slicing the deficit to 5-3. The Colonials finished the game outshooting the hosts, 25-11, while also holding a dominant edge in corner kicks, 11-1. WestConn junior goalkeeper Luca DiCarlo (Waterbury, CT) played the entire first half, stopping a pair of shots to earn the win, improving to 1-1, while rookies Daniel Szabo (Trumbull, CT) and Matthew D'Onofrio (Orange, CT) combined to notch two saves for the Colonials in the second half.
"We were pleased with the effort our players put forth after a tough start to open the season. We worked hard in practice to correct some mistakes and the results showed tonight," said WestConn head coach Joe Mingachos following the win.
The Colonials return to action when they meet non-conference opponent Lehman at the MCLA Tournament on Friday at 4 p.m.